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What is a Federal Criminal Records Search?

A federal criminal records search is obtained via electronic access to Federal Judicial District courthouses within the district and state that is requested.  Since this check searches the U.S. Federal District Court Master Name Index, if the individual you are requesting information on has a common name, this search may return numerous possible matches. Our federal criminal records report usually consists of the case number, verification method, file date, offense level, offense, disposition, and information on the verdict and sentencing.

Federal Criminal Records

What is considered a Federal Crime?

Federal crimes are crimes that have been made illegal by U.S. federal legislation. Individuals in these courts have been prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a violation of this federal legislation. To be considered in federal jurisdiction must occur on federal land, be committed by a federal employee, or the offender must have crossed state lines. Federal crimes usually carry more significant sentencing than state crimes.

Along with the phenomenal growth of the internet, we have also noted a dramatic increase in the crimes charged in the Federal criminal justice system. US Department of Justice data suggests that approximately 10% of the 2 million people incarcerated in the US are in the Federal Bureau of Prison’s custody and of the 6.8 million people under some form of probation or parole 10% are being supervised by the Federal government as opposed to a state corrections department.

Organizations that File Federal Criminal Charges

The bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, The FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service, Secret service, and Homeland Security all file federal criminal charges.

Examples of Federal Crimes

  • Identity Theft
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Bank Robbery
  • Weapons Charges
  • Tax Evasion
  • Counterfeiting
  • Tax Refund Fraud
  • and many others…

This repository is updated daily and is extremely comprehensive, with only 6 District Courts not reporting into the national system: Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, South District Indiana, and West District Arkansas.Please note that federal courts often do not record personal identifying information. This search will cover filings within the last seven years. A ten year search is also available. Searching a common name might result in a multitude of results. The information found may or may not constitute a complete record check for your subject.

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